Customs in Hong Kong SAR

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Customs Procedures

Import Procedures
When a cargo arrives at the port, even before the importer has taken possession, the products are inspected and occasionally sampled by the customs authorities. Once approved, the importer collects a “release” letter .
It is to be noted that the importer should file an "import declaration" with the "Customs and Excise Department", within 14 days from the import.
Specific Import Procedures
Local importers should buy a licence in case they import products subjected to import duties. A licence should be bought for each import.
Importing Samples
An inscription on the product should specify if it is a free sample and that it cannot be sold. The samples can be distributed freely.

Customs Duties and Taxes on Imports

Average Customs Duty (Excluding Agricultural Products)
In conformity with the status of Free Port, Hong-Kong does not impose customs duty on entry of general goods in its territory. Only some goods are subjected to payment of the following duties:
- Tobacco: tax calculated on the volume.
- Spirits (alcohol 30%): 100% of the CIF value.
- Wines: from 60% of the CIF value to 0% in 2008.
- Beer: 30% of the CIF value
- Petroleum products: tax calculated on both volume and value
For further information visit the Customs website.
Preferential Rates
Customs Classification
Hong-Kong applies the Harmonised Customs System.
Method of Calculation of Duties
Hong-Kong applies the Harmonised Custom Systems. The imports are managed by Customs and Excise Department. Due to its status of Free harbour, Hong-Kong does not impose customs duties on the entry of the general goods on its territory.
Import Taxes (Excluding Consumer Taxes)
Moreover, Hong Kong collects a tax of 0.25% of the CIF value of the import declarations of goods.

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